Bahrain redux

It is hard to believe Bahrain sought to become a global education hub as recently as 2006 & 2007. See, for example, this Observatory on Borderless Higher Education report released in January 2007:

Welcome to Bahrain, circa December 2011:


Bahrain’s reputation is in tatters a mere four years later, and the ruling Khalifa family is showing no signs of being able to coordinate a genuine reform agenda.

Those of you interested in up-to-date developments in Bahrain are advised to track the #Bahrain hashtag on Twitter…a veritable feast of links to commentary, analysis, arguments, information, and video clips. Also see, of course, the independent commission report that investigated the 2011 uprising and its aftermath (the 513 page report is summarized here by the New York Times, 23 November 2011).

4 thoughts on “Bahrain redux

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  2. hopefully the Embassy of the Kingdom of Behrain will get things on track becasue the goal of the “Education City” will put the kingdom in an unique educational position……

  3. Hello

    In light of Bahrain’s seeking to become a global educational hub, what are the considerations taken when a country seeks such an educational entry?Is there a source for this information? Could the safety of international students be at a higher risk within countries that are newly accepted for global educational status?


  4. This week’s article on the current state of Bahrain struck me. The author makes it sound as though desire for higher education reform cannot exist within an unstable political climate. I feel that these two may go hand-in-hand. It’s possible that, a few years ago, Bahrain’s political leaders had pushed for one last societal reform to keep their heads above water. Unfortunately, the government still met its challenges. I believe intellects abound in calamities of that sort. Passionate people and intellects see the need for reform, and believe they can find this within education. This leads to a desire for education and stability in the midst of rampant chaos. And it offers hope to us; in our deepest, darkest times, we can still yearn for and place our hope in higher education.

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